For those who really like the Mercedes-AMG GT S but feel what the rear-wheel-drive turbocharged-V8-packing track-ready beast needs is more power, well, your wish will be granted in the forthcoming GT R.
Due to arrive mid-2017, the 2017 GT R will come to market packing an additional 74 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque on top of what the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 found in the GT S already made.
That will push the R’s output to 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque will kick in between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm.
Putting the power to the ground will be done via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. AMG engineers are adjusting it so it’ll have a longer ratio overall, while the seventh gear and final drive will have shorter ratios in order to deliver quicker acceleration.
According to a Mercedes-Benz press release, the GT R will have a top speed of 318 km/h and a zero-to-100 km/h time of approximately 3.5 seconds.
The GT R will ride on a suspension made largely out of forged aluminum (wishbones, steering knuckles, hub carriers, etc.) to reduce weight and improve on-track handling. It will also come equipped with active rear-wheel steering, a nine-way adjustable traction control system, and adjustable coil-over suspension.
From a design perspective, the GT R will have a wider track than other GT models, with wider front and rear fenders, a new front fascia with active aero elements and a large adjustable rear wing. Other design differences include a new Panamericana grille with vertical slats that are reminiscent of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car.
The GT R will also be available in ‘AMG Green Hell Magno,’ a unique colour that pays tribute to the “Green Hell” nickname fixed to the famous Nurburgring race track, where the GT R spent most of its development.
Mercedes-Benz Canada has yet to release pricing details, but the 2017 GT S retails for $150,700, so an MSRP approaching $200,000 for the GT R doesn’t appear to be out of the realm of possibility.